“The Copyright Act comes so that the rights of the creators are not suppressed”

The government has said that a new copyright law will be introduced in such a way that the rights of the creators will not be curtailed. Suresh Adhikari, Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, made this commitment at the ‘Interaction Program on Rewriting the Copyright Act 2059’ organized by Musicians Association on Wednesday on the occasion of World Music Day.

He asked to submit suggestions on copyright including international experience. We are creating a new copyright law. Please include the experience of the country and abroad. The government is ready to help it,” said the secretary officer, “please submit it to the working group as soon as possible. We take the initiative for implementation.

Music royalty collection society president and musician Suresh Adhikari opined that a copyright law should be made so that the rights of others are not violated while taking their rights. “The law should be made by including the experience of all than what was done in the previous law. It will be good for all producers and promoters,” he said.

Shambhujit Baskota, former Vice-Chancellor of Music and Drama Pragya Prasthan and musician, said that the old copyright laws were not enough. “Act so that rights are established in the new law,” he suggested. Shambhu Rai, the current vice-chancellor of the institution and a singer, said that a historic responsibility has come in the field of music. “I was with Minister Sudan Kiratiji when he said that when making a new law, one should not curtail anyone’s rights,” he said.

Chetan Sapkota, president of Musicians Association of Nepal, said that everyone should unite for the new copyright law. Film development board chairman Bhuwan KC along with musicians were present at the ceremony. General Secretary Basanta Sapkota said that the union will take initiatives for creating copyright laws.

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